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How much water is enough?
Plants love water up to a point. The best way to test container plants is the good ’ol “finger test”. Stick your finger into the soil, and if it feels “cool” chances are that the soil is in a “moist condition” and the plant is OK. Over-watering can often cause a condition that is called “anaerobic”. What happens is that the microbes that normally replenish the soil get overloaded with moisture and start producing unnecessary sugars that dissolve into a crude form of Alcohol.
Once that Alcoholic condition is present in the soil, Plants do poorly..
Potted plants are generally the first “victims”..
Hope this helps..

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Thanks.. I'm very guilty of over-watering plants in containers...can't seem to break the habit :o(

10 Sep, 2009


I think many of flowers are drunk, they have an over friendly relationship with the hose


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10 Sep, 2009


LOL Mookins! I have been guilty of that in the past also!
One thing that I have found out doing a little research is that most plants depend on a little "dry time" when the soil is loose and arid to get Nitrogen down into the root system. That is a KEY element of the photosynthesis system. Over watering cuts off the soil's ability to deliver that badly needed raw atmospheric Nitrogen into the roots. I have changed my indoor plants' watering schedule to a little on the "dry side" and they have responded great! Even all of the Ives seem to like that little "drought" once a month.
Plants are SO cool to watch! :-)

11 Sep, 2009

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